How the Electric Guitar Was Invented

For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans. Some scholars even speculate that human music may have come before language. From the beginning, people living in little groups sang and danced to self-made music. Drums and pipes were… » 10/29/13 8:00am 10/29/13 8:00am

Behold the Spectacle of 14 Guitars Played By an Arduino-Powered Army


Sound art is a term that's almost always cause for concern, but this elegant installation by artist Ruben Dhers is gloriously captivating. In "Playa," 14 guitars lying under a tangled canopy of wires are listlessly strummed by an orchestra of 31 fabric-clad DC motors conducted (in the musical sense) by an Arduino… » 10/04/12 5:40pm 10/04/12 5:40pm

Amphones Help You Shred In Silence If Your Neighbors Are Jerks

"If it's too loud," the saying goes, "the neighbors are going to call the cops and screw up your late-night shred session." In an attempt to solve this eternal conundrum, the guitar amplification specialists at Vox have teamed up with the headphone geniuses Audio Technica to create Amphones. Yes, guitar amplifier… » 9/18/12 1:44pm 9/18/12 1:44pm

Magnetic Guitar Picks Eliminate Free Rock Concert Souvenirs

Bad news for those of you who splurge on front row concert tickets in hopes of snagging a musician's lost guitar pick. These plastic MagnetaPicks incorporate a thin magnetic neodymium disc that lets them securely stick to any metallic surface—from guitar strings to microphone stands— so they're next to impossible to… » 8/28/12 3:20pm 8/28/12 3:20pm

This Is the NYC Factory Where Legendary Guitar Tone Is Made

Even if you're not a guitar nerd, you know what Electro-Harmonix's Big Muff guitar pedal sounds like. Since 1969 it has been the dirty fuzz coating countless guitar solos and backing tracks on songs by everyone from Santana to Dinosaur Jr. Today, Electro-Harmonix hand-assembles and tests 75 different effects pedals in … » 5/17/12 2:20pm 5/17/12 2:20pm

Sinuous: The Guitar Designed Like an Eames Chair

Musical styles come and go but electric guitar designs—not so much. Any design that doesn't fit within a few long-accepted cookie-cutters is met with contempt. Cars and toasters have been updated to reflect more sophisticated thinking, so why haven't guitars? » 3/06/12 10:40pm 3/06/12 10:40pm

Tabber Will Teach Shredding Essentials with a Light-Up Fretboard

It's easy to make fun of Guitar Hero now that the craze is over, but one thing is for sure: It created a new enthusiasm for the guitar as an instrument, in these days of DJs and remix artists. We've seen a rash of startingly innovative new ways to teach people how to play the guitar, from the Rock Prodigy series to » 2/13/12 9:00pm 2/13/12 9:00pm